Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-0 Marseille

Liverpool took a first half lead courtesy of their talismanic captain and held on for a slim victory over Marseille at Anfield this evening. Goal.com rates the performers...
LIVERPOOL  

Reina: 6.5- He did not see too much action between the posts tonight but made a great diving save on Ben Arfa’s free kick in the 67th minute to keep his first clean sheet of this year’s Champions League campaign.  

Aurelio: 6.0- He didn’t make too much of an impression in the first 45 minutes and was substituted to start the second half because of a calf injury.  

Carragher: 7.0- His positioning was top class and managed to neutralize Niang for long stretches of the match.  

Agger: 6.0- Formed a strong partnership with Carragher tonight and did a solid job keeping the Marseille’s forwards off balance  

Arbeloa: 6.0- He did a solid job when called upon which wasn’t too often tonight.  

Riera: 6.0- The left winger almost squeezed in a shot at the near post a minute before the halftime whistle and had a decent match before being substituted in the 63rd minute.  

Alonso: 6.5- Provided the cross that led to Liverpool’s opening goal and won the majority of his tackles in the midfield trenches  

Mascherano: 6.5- Did a valiant job protecting the back four and did all that was asked of him.  

Kuyt: 6.0- As usual he was the hardest working player on the field but faded away in the second half.  

Gerrard: 7.0- It only took Captain Fantastic 23 minutes to get his name onto the scoresheet with a bullet header that left Mandanda flat-footed.  

Torres: 6.0- Still does not look 100% fit but is still a much better option than Keane upfront.  

SUBS: Dossena (46”) 5.0, Benayoun (64”) 6.0, Lucas (85”) NA  

MARSEILLE  

Mandanda: 6.0- Stood no chance on Gerrard’s goal as his defence corps let him down  

Taiwo: 6.0- Almost surprised Reina with a long distance effort that shaved the post in the 35th minute.  

Zubar: 6.0- Looked clumsy and unconvincing and missed a free header in the 36th minute  

Hilton: 7.0- He wasn’t afraid to push forward and did an admirable job of keeping Torres under control.  

Bonnart: 6.0- He was caught napping on Gerrard’s goal but rebounded with a defence performance after that.   

Cheyrou: 5.0- He went down to ground way too easily on a couple of occasions and did not make an impact tonight  

Ziani: 7.0- He was the creative force in the Marseille midfield and set up Niang with a brilliant through ball in the 52 minute.  

Cana: 6.0-  Battled admirably against Mashcerano and Alonso while keeping a lid on Torres in the second half.  

Kone: 6.0- The speedy striker could not muster up any real chances and will be disappointed with his performance tonight.  

Ben Arfa: 6.5- The flamboyant Frenchman was quiet in the first half but turned on the afterburners in the second half and was almost rewarded with a goal in the 67th minute.  

Niang: 6.0- The Senegalese striker was guilty of numerous lazy passes in the early going but rebounded to be a thorn in the side of the Liverpool back four.  

SUBS: Valbuena (78”) 6.0, Samassa (89”) NA